To Italy

Trip Start Jan 03, 2008
Trip End Dec 17, 2008

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Flag of Italy  , Emilia-Romagna,
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

UNBELIEVABLE!!! We traveled the coastline around into Italy and down to Viareggio. Wow...the views and the Cliffside villages just blew us all away. We didn't spend long in the big cities of Nice and Cannes but will spend a bit more time there on our return. The weather was awful and the hot wind was absolutely howling. The temperature topped 36 degrees on that very windy, 5 hour drive!
At one stage we are crossing this massive viaduct about 500m high and had just come out of a tunnel when a wind gust blew in through the window and ripped spud's hat off his this would have been alright if Spud had not taken both hands off the steering wheel to grab his hat and the whole camper careens across the road to the side of the viaduct. Well you all probably heard my cursing from NZ! I had heart palpitations for the rest of the day.
Italy is beautiful and very different to the other countries so far. We arrived into Viareggio and the sun was shining. There were people walking the beautiful boutique streets in bikini's sort of place. The coffee is FANTASTIC and the shopping, if I was allowed, would be on par with Miami beach but in a very cool and distinctively different way. We met Lyndsay and Kev from Queensland at our campsite and had a great night drinking big bottles of Becks and just talking home stuff eg. Rugby, weather and netball!
Unfortunately the weather didn't play it's part here either so after a couple of days and studying the extended weather forecast for Italy we made the move to the complete opposite side on the Adriatic to a campsite in Bellaria. The storm followed us, so after getting camp set up (seaside again), and with the thunder and lightening putting on a show we headed to a bar where we parked up for the afternoon drinking coffees and litres of Sangria! Thank god the storm only lasted the afternoon!
We then spent a week at this amazing campsite lying on the beach, playing volleyball and beach ball, swimming and drinking. We made it to Sangrias everyday at the same bar! It was great to just park up and not do anything for the week, although I don't have any books left and can not find a single English book is getting frustrating. There are only so many times you can read the lonely planet!
We only had one other afternoon of rain and the rest of the time was spent in brilliant sunshine and 25-30 degree heat.
We are now officially over half way through our trip and with some exciting events coming up I am sure this half will just fly by. Our sightseeing and touring will start again in about 10 days when we arrive in Venice to pick up the package!!!! We then plan to head back to the med side of Italy and visit the Cinque Terre and Portofino...then after a week in the holiday home in Tuscany down onto Rome, Naples and Sicily.
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